Author, musician, and artist Jesse Sublett -- a longtime friend of Rag Radio -- discusses his work, reads some recent poetry, and performs a couple of his latest songs. Jesse also discusses his book-in-progress about Esther's Follies and the 40 years of Austin's legendary "neovaudeville" magic-and-sketch-comedy theater. And he previews the book he's working on with/about Eddie Wilson and Armadillo World Headquarters.
A prolific writer, Jesse Sublett also played a historic role in the Austin music scene, founding the seminal 1970s punk band, The Skunks, which, according to music journalist Margaret Moser, "put Austin on the rock n' roll map." Jesse's books include "1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital"; "Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War"; Jesse's murder-and-cancer memoir, "Never the Same Again: A Rock 'n' Roll Gothic"; and crime novels like "Rock Critic Murders," "Grave Digger Blues," "Tough Baby," and "Boiled in Concrete."
Jesse also participates regularly at Noir at the Bar at Threadgill's South in Austin, where he usually kicks off the night with a rousing murder ballad -- and touring authors read from their new books.
This program fell during KOOP Radio's Fall Membership Drive and fundraising pitches have been removed from this podcast.
Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 45:54.